Annual Ice Fishing Derby

The Derby is held the Third Saturday of January Every Year Held During the FREE Fishing Weekend

Next Event is January 14th, 2023

It's that time of year again!! We are gearing up for this year’s Ice Fishing Derby and we couldn't be more excited to see everyone. In this derby, you can fish any body of water, within the designated fishing times and "weighed in" by the close of the tournament. The registration fee will be $15 per adult and $5 per kid age 15 and under. All entry fees will be paid back in tournament prizes....so this derby is 100% payout AND the more people that enter.... the bigger the prizes. For both adults and kids, participants will be able to run in 1-2 person teams and we will compete in the following categories-

"Most" Panfish

(Best stringer of 10- Crappie, Bluegill, Perch measured by weight) 1st-3rd place awarded,

Largest Crappie, Largest Bluegill, Largest Perch, Largest Bass, Largest Northern and Largest Walleye

 All measured by length- One prize each.


The tournament will start at 6am and run until 1pm.

The "Most" Panfish will be weighed in at Kate's Bait by 1PM.

The Largest of each species will be entered by taking a picture of the fish, against a ruler with the team’s tournament number in the picture clearly visible and texted to 608-574-0311 or Facebook Messenger. Pictures MUST be received by 1PM, Saturday January 14th.  Contestant can bring in their largest catch to Kate’s Bait for official measuring rather than texting/messenger but must do so by 1pm, Saturday January 14th.  Texting or messaging the entries for the Largest species allows contestants that opportunity to submit everything they catch and not obligate them to keep something they will not eat, mount or may not be a legal length. 

The weigh in station will be at Kate's Bait & Sporting Goods and will close at 1pm sharp! Those not weighed in by 1pm will not qualify for fish prizes.


 Teams may pre-register for the event, but in-person registration will also open at 5am Saturday January 14th at Kate's Bait. Each Team will receive a tournament number the morning of the event. 


Pre-Registered Teams will receive an email just before the start of the event containing their team number and instructions.  If a team does not have access to their email, please call the shop for your number anytime Saturday January 14th AFTER 5AM 608-935-0131.  Team Numbers will need to be written on an index card or paper and clearly visible in each picture submitted. 


We will do a LIVE Facebook feed to announce the derby results and winners at 1:30pm January 14th on the Kate’s Bait Facebook Page.  We will also post the results at Kate’s Bait.  We will email each winner of each category and winners will be asked to stop back to the shop to pick up their prize.  Prizes will be available for pick up during business hours any day.  

NEW FOR 2023!!  Every single participant in the derby is going to be entered for a Grand Prize.....it's going to be a big one! We will do one drawing for the Kids group and one for the adult group. No matter if you had a successful day of fishing or not, one lucky derby participant will be drawn for a "Grand" Prize.  Stay tuned for more details.  Or better yet, get signed up for the tournament so you don't miss out!  


Every Ice Fishing season we run a HUGE Ice Raffle.  We don't mess around with this one.  Winner takes a complete ice fishing package- tent, auger, electronic, sled, chair, other accessories! Tickets for the raffle are separate from the derby registration and will be on sale from Mid-December until the end of the derby. Drawing will take place during our Live Derby Winner Announcements. You do not need to participate in the derby to take part in the raffle. The raffle is HUGE and is a winner takes all- A Value of Over $1000! We look forward to seeing you this year! Good Luck Angers on the Hard Water!